“You ask good questions.” This is a line from a movie that has stayed with me longer than the name, characters, or plot of the movie. If you are going to a job interview all the “job coaches” advise that you come to the interview with some pre-planned questions. Usually the most interesting part of speeches or lectures I give or hear is the “question and answer segment.” It is rumored that on her deathbed Gertrude Stein asked, “What is the answer.?” Then after a long silence came, “What is the question?”
Our days are full of questions that seem to be a very big deal today, but are forgotten by tomorrow – the immediate wheres, hows, and whens that face us at work and at home. Then again, we tend to put on the back burner the questions about things that matter most in our life. When we do, we risk losing track of who we really are and where we are going. I read recently that there is no stronger reason for reading the Bible, than that somewhere among its pages is the one question which is the central question for one’s life.
The author suggested a few:
1. What has a man profited if he gain the whole world and loses his own soul. (Matt 16:26).
2. Am I my brother’s keeper (Genesis 4:9).
3. What is truth? (John 18:38).
4. Who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:29).
Perhaps, you have already found your question, there are many more to choose from. What’s important is you are looking for the question and that you are open to the answer, wherever it may take you.